A photo of the rally for Erdogan's election victory in Ankara, Turkey: Similar scenes took place in Munich on Sunday. © IMAGO/Tunahan Turhan
Hundreds of people gathered in Munich on Whit Sunday to celebrate Erdogan's election victory. The police are investigating numerous criminal complaints.
Munich - Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has once again won the election for Turkish president – this was celebrated by hundreds of people in the center of Munich on Whit Sunday, May 28. Towards evening, the Munich police intervened because, according to their information, about 400 people and 150 vehicles had gathered around the Siegestor in Leopoldstraße and Ludwigstraße. Several people were charged, including for violations of the Assembly Act, the Explosives Act and insults.
Hundreds of people celebrate Erdogan's election victory in Munich – police intervene
According to a report by the Munich police, more than twenty patrols drove around the scene, where traffic was severely restricted due to the many vehicles and people. About 200 people celebrated Erdoğan's election victory in Turkey with waving flags on the area at the Victory Gate. In addition, a motorcade with about 150 cars honking their horns and waving flags drove along Leopoldstraße and Ludwigstraße. Several people lit pyrotechnics.
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The emergency services cordoned off the area around the Victory Gate extensively. It was not until shortly before midnight that the assembly finally dispersed. According to the German Press Agency, criminal charges have been filed against several people: because they had ignited pyrotechnics and with a man because he had worn a banned Turkish military uniform. Two people were arrested for stealing a flag. The exact number of criminal charges could not be named by the police on Monday. In addition, 94 traffic offenses were reported. A person responsible for the spontaneous meeting could not be identified. The Criminal Investigation Department 4 (Politically Motivated Crimes) continues to investigate.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan's election victory: Clear victory over rivals
Erdoğan won the run-off election against opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu on Sunday. According to preliminary results of the electoral authority, the 69-year-old received about 52 percent of all votes, while his rival Kilicdaroglu received about 48 percent. 85 percent of all eligible voters participated. In Germany, according to polls, there was a clear majority for Erdogan.
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